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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: United States Chamber of Commerce

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AK U.S. House At-Large Don Young Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 78%
AL U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Sessions III Republican 89%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 83%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 89%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 76%
AZ U.S. House 5 Matthew Salmon Republican 83%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 39%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 61%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 59%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 19%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 33%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 14%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 39%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 47%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
CA U.S. House 25 Buck McKeon Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 61%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 18%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 35%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 71%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 29%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 100%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 21%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 44%
CA U.S. House 48 Dana Rohrabacher Republican 67%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 22%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 28%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 31%
FL U.S. House 7 John Mica Republican 89%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 22%
FL U.S. House 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Republican 67%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 89%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 94%
GA U.S. House 1 Jack Kingston Republican 82%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 61%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 13%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 67%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 22%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 83%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 50%
IA U.S. House 3 Tom Latham Republican 100%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 94%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 33%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 28%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 28%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 94%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 28%
KS U.S. Senate Sr Pat Roberts Republican 100%
KS U.S. Senate Jr Jerry Moran Republican 100%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 94%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 94%
KY U.S. House 1 Ed Whitfield Republican 88%
KY U.S. House 5 Hal Rogers Republican 88%
LA U.S. Senate Sr Mary Landrieu Democratic 67%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 31%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 35%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 39%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 22%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 53%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 25%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 28%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 28%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 78%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 39%
MI U.S. Senate Sr Carl Levin Democratic 44%
MI U.S. Senate Jr Debbie Stabenow Democratic 61%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 100%
MI U.S. House 6 Fred Upton Republican 89%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 33%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 28%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 20%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 56%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 82%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Jr Roger Wicker Republican 100%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 18%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 56%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 94%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 82%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 72%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 61%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 89%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 72%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 78%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 61%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 28%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 33%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 83%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 56%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 36%
NY U.S. House 2 Pete King Republican 82%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 61%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 33%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 29%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 25%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 24%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 35%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 39%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 17%
OH U.S. Senate Jr Rob Portman Republican 78%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 83%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 89%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 17%
OH Governor John Kasich Republican 82%
OH State Senate 28 Thomas Sawyer Democratic 44%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 89%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 76%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 71%
OK U.S. House 3 Frank Lucas Republican 100%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 56%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 41%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 12%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 50%
PA U.S. House 16 Joe Pitts Republican 100%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 56%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 76%
SC U.S. House 1 Mark Sanford, Jr. Republican 71%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 28%
SD U.S. Senate Sr Timothy Johnson Democratic 56%
SD U.S. Senate Jr John Thune Republican 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 3 Sam Johnson Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 78%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 94%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 13 Mac Thornberry Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 59%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 44%
TX U.S. House 21 Lamar Smith Republican 100%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 47%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 47%
TX U.S. House 32 Pete Sessions Republican 89%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 39%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 94%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 28%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 61%
VA U.S. House 10 Frank Wolf Republican 72%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 56%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 18%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 56%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 94%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 38%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 39%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 56%
WI U.S. House 5 Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. Republican 78%
WI U.S. House 6 Tom Petri Republican 94%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 17%
WV U.S. Senate Sr Jay Rockefeller IV Democratic 56%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 28%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 94%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 83%
Gary Ackerman 35%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 41%
Wayne Allard 83%
Thomas Allen 39%
Rob Andrews 44%
Bill Archer 100%
Richard Armey 100%
John Ashcroft 78%
Richard Hugh Baker 100%
Cass Ballenger 82%
James Barcia 50%
Robert Barr, Jr. 72%
Bill Barrett 89%
Roscoe Bartlett 78%
Charlie Bass 94%
Herbert Bateman 100%
Max Baucus 56%
Bob Bennett 89%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 100%
Howard Berman 36%
Marion Berry 67%
Brian Bilbray 61%
Michael Bilirakis 89%
Jeff Bingaman 56%
Rod Blagojevich 39%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 100%
Sherwood Boehlert 61%
Kit Bond 89%
Henry Bonilla 88%
David Edward Bonior 22%
Mary Bono Mack 93%
Robert Borski, Jr. 22%
Leonard Boswell 83%
Rick Boucher 35%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 65%
John Breaux 59%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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